Bourbon Baked Apples a la Mode

Looking for the perfect fall dessert? Our recipe for Bourbon Baked Apples A La Mode could be just what you are looking for – with or without ice cream! This perfect combination of apples, cinnamon and bourbon could be just the thing to warm you up in the crisp fall weather. 

Bourbon Baked Apples is one of the recipes in the Junior League of Omaha’s A Century of Serving cookbook, available online and in stores now: https://www.jlomaha.org/cookbook/

Bourbon Baked Apples a la Mode

# Servings: 6 Category: Desserts

Ingredients:

  • 6 large Honeycrisp apples
  • ⅔ cup rolled oats
  • ⅔ cup packed brown sugar
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped pecans (optional)
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • ⅓ cup bourbon

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Core the stem end of the apples partially, removing only two-thirds of each core. Combine the oats, brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, and salt in a bowl and mix well. Add pecans, butter and vanilla extract and work into the oats mixture until a ball forms.  Stuff equal portions of the mixture into each apple and arrange in a large baking dish. Sprinkle with more cinnamon if desired. Pour the apple cider and bourbon into the baking dish, spooning some over the apples. Bake for 45 minutes or until the apples are wrinkled and browned, spooning the cooking liquid over the apples every 10 minutes. Serve immediately with cinnamon or vanilla ice cream.

To learn more or purchase your own copy of the A Century of Serving cookbook click here.

Images by Joshua Foo 

Create Change with Your Vote

For over 100 years, the women of The Junior League have put our values into action in Omaha and across the nation. We believe that the empowerment of women is a necessary requirement to create positive, lasting societal change.

There’s no better way to increase the power of women’s voices in decisions that affect society, and to honor the suffragists who won the fight for women’s right to vote 100 years ago, then to register and vote.

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 3.

Are you ready to cast your vote?

You have to register to vote before Election Day in Nebraska, and deadlines are quickly approaching, while in Iowa, you may register and vote on Election Day.

Both Nebraska and Iowa allow early voting and absentee ballots.

Nebraska voter registration deadlines

Online: Oct. 16

By mail: Postmarked by Oct. 16

In person: Oct. 23

Absentee ballot deadlines

Request: Received by Oct. 23

Return by mail: Received by Nov. 3 by 8 p.m. CT

Return in person: Nov. 3 by 8 p.m. CT

Early voting

Oct. 5-Nov. 2, but dates and hours may vary based on where you live

Iowa voter registration deadlines

Online: Oct. 24

By mail: Received by Oct. 24

In person: Oct. 24 by 5 p.m.

You can also register and vote on Election Day.

Absentee ballot deadlines

Request: Received by Oct. 24 by 5 p.m.

Return by mail: Received by Nov. 3 by close of polls

Return in person: Nov. 3 by close of polls

Early voting

Oct. 5- Nov. 2, but dates and hours may vary based on where you live

For more information on voting, including eligibility requirements and in-person voter registration locations, visit the Nebraska Secretary of State website or visit the Iowa Secretary of State website.

Information is courtesy of howto.vote, powered by Democracy Works, and the Nebraska and Iowa Secretaries of State. Please contact blog@jlomaha.org if you believe there is an error.

Yoga Training at the Highlander

On a cool Saturday morning in September, members of the Junior League joined the Training Committee for a yoga training at the Highlander Accelerator hosted by Lindsay Decker.

The Highlander Accelerator is a 65,000 square-foot commercial and public complex aimed at connecting the community through education, engagement, and enrichment.  The Highlander Accelerator is part of the broader Seventy Five North community whose mission is to facilitate the revitalization of a healthy, sustainable, mixed-income community in the Highlander neighborhood. Seventy Five North works to break the cycle of poverty and community deterioration by partnering to create high-quality housing, thriving schools, recreational facilities and other neighborhood enrichment amenities. By holding the yoga training at the Highlander Accelerator, League members were able to visit this vibrant community and learn more about its mission.

The yoga training was held on the beautiful community lawn where the Highlander has offered free workout classes to the public throughout the summer. All CDC guidelines were practiced to ensure the safety of all participants. The training was a great opportunity for League members to practice yoga and to build strength, awareness, and harmony, in both mind and body.

During these difficult times, the Training Committee is diligently working to hold fulfilling and enriching trainings for our League members that provide the opportunity for personal and professional growth. Keep an eye out on Digital Cheetah for upcoming trainings. We look forward to seeing you soon!

October 2020 Presidents Perspective

Happy October! As the days grow shorter and the weather chillier, I hope each of you is finding creative ways to enjoy autumn while staying safe and healthy. Our members continue to impress me with their flexibility, ingenuity and commitment to Omaha and each other. 

Updated COVID-19 Guidelines

Last month, the Board of Directors issued updated COVID-19 guidelines that will be effective through the end of 2020. Large meetings and events should be held virtually, although we have loosened the maximum capacity for smaller in-person gatherings. All meetings should continue to have a virtual option, and in-person attendees should adhere to social distancing and masking guidelines.

General Membership Meetings

Thank you to Chair Maggie McGlade Palmer and the Social & Hospitality Committee for helping to host such a wonderful meeting in September. It was our first ever virtual meeting and it was a huge success! For October’s GMM, we have made some adjustments to ensure all members are able to join and are excited to be hosting a League Leadership Panel. League leaders will be answering questions from our membership. Topics we hope to cover:.

  • How to develop your own personal JLO career path
  • How each member can maximize their membership experience
  • Whom to contact if you are interested in a formal leadership role

Bargain Bash Drop-Offs

Co-chairs Molly Junge and Sarah Schlotfeld and the entire Bargain Bash Committee are hard at work planning for our spring 2021 event. If you have any items you’d like to donate, you can drop them off on Saturday, October 17 and Saturday, November 7 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Masks are required for all volunteers and donors. Drop-offs are held at ThermoKing Christensen, located at 7508 F Street. If you have any larger items or have difficulty making the drop-offs, please contact the committee at bargainbash@jlomaha.org.

Fall 2020 Bucket List

Junior League of Omaha President, Katie Triplett is excited to introduce a new autumn campaign for all our members: the JLO Fall 2020 Bucket List. She has pulled together some fun ways to enjoy the season, engage with League volunteer and development opportunities and support community partners.

This list includes things like making Game Day Wings, participating in the Food Bank of The Heartland’s Peanut Butter and Jelly Challenge and more!

As you work through this list, be sure to snap a pic, post on social and use the hashtags #jlofallbucketlist and #jlomaha. Each social post will be entered into a drawing; at our December GMM, one lucky winner will receive this super stylish (and functional!) tortoise shell mask chain. If your social accounts are private, you can post in our Junior League of Omaha Facebook group, or email a screenshot of your post directly to Katie.

Member Spotlight – Lauren Hellmen

This month, we are getting to know Financial Vice President Lauren Hellman. Lauren is in her sixth Active year in the Junior League of Omaha. Lauren is married and has a very sassy 2.5 year-old daughter, Lucy.

She loves being outside and active, including running and hiking on trails. She has had so many great League experiences, but planning the first-ever bRUNch 5K was one of her favorites. Her committee was amazing, and the experience made her want to continue being in the League year after year.

Game Day Wings

Looking to impress for your at-home game day party? If your spread usually includes a store bought bean dip or having pizza delivered it doesn’t have to be that way! Our chicken wing recipe includes pantry staples you already have at home – and plenty of time to get other party preparations done while they cook in the crock pot!  

Cilantro Sesame Sticky Wings is one of the recipes in the Junior League of Omaha’s A Century of Serving cookbook, available online and in stores now!

Cilantro Sesame Sticky Wings

# Servings: 8 Category: Appetizers

Serving Size: Pan Size: Slow cooker, baking sheet

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup brown sugar, packed
  • ⅓ cup soy sauce
  • ⅓ cup balsamic vinegar
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • 3 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 3 tablespoons Sriracha hot chili sauce or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon ginger powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 pounds chicken wings
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds

Directions:

Combine the brown sugar, soy sauce, vinegar, honey, minced garlic, chili sauce, ginger powder, garlic powder, onion powder and pepper in a bowl and whisk to mix well. Place the chicken wings in a slow cooker. Pour the brown sugar mixture over the chicken and toss to coat. Cook, covered, on low for 3 to 4 hours. Combine the cornstarch and water in a small bowl and whisk to mix. Pour over the chicken and stir. Cook on high for 10 to 15 minutes or until sauce is thickened. Preheat the broiler. Line a baking sheet with foil. Remove the chicken to the prepared baking sheet, reserving the sauce. Broil for 2 to 3 minutes or until the caramelized and slightly charred. Sprinkle with the cilantro and sesame seeds. Serve immediately with the reserved sauce on the side. 

To learn more or purchase your own copy of the A Century of Serving cookbook click here.
Images by Joshua Foo

Trans101 Training

The Junior League of Omaha Diversity and Inclusion Committee is proud to bring Eric Reiter from OutNebraska for Trans101 training on September 23 from 7-8 p.m.

The mission of OutNebraska is “To empower, celebrate and grow LGBTQ+ communities in Nebraska” and their vision is “Nebraska communities that embrace and celebrate the full spectrum of LGBTQ+ people.”

In this training, participants will learn about the history of the trans community, correct language and how to use it, how trans people intersect with multiple other identities, how present-day trans people are being affected by public policy and discrimination in the public sphere, as well as how folks can become accomplices to trans liberation.

As a League, we aim to be inclusive and welcoming to all women. The Diversity and Inclusion Committee sees value in helping JLO members and sustainers understanding the ins and outs of the LGBTQ experience as well as the trans community.

From Diversity and Inclusion committee member Sheena Helgenberger on the training: “Being an ally to the transgender people in my life, and to transgender people overall, begins with understanding the basics.  Our presenter Eric will cover trans history, terminology, and ways to be advocates. I hope you can join us in this interactive zoom session!”

We also see value in understanding the experiences of the trans community based on the volunteering that JLO members do. From Community Impact Council Director Catherine Harrington: “As human beings, we are all so different and I think it is so important to learn and appreciate how other people experience life. It helps me keep an open mind and be a better advocate for equal human rights. Most of all I think people want to be heard and respected for who they are and me listening is the first step.”

Members: sign up for Trans101 on Digital Cheetah today!

September 2020 President’s Perspective

Dear Junior League of Omaha members,

Happy September! Every day, I’m amazed by how agile and optimistic our members have been as we all adjust to a new normal during the COVID-19 pandemic. Case in point: we are holding our first-ever virtual General Membership Meeting this month on Tuesday, September 15 at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. I’m excited to bring you an incredible speaker, licensed mental health practitioner and counselor Nicole Crawford, who will be presenting on “Locating Yourself in the Midst of Chaos.” She will give members practical tips and guidance on how to pursue mindfulness and wellness during these unusual times. Be sure to sign up on Digital Cheetah for the Zoom log-in details.

Junior League of Omaha members have been responding to present needs, carefully coordinating community impact programming and adapting our engagement opportunities to accommodate our members. We are also thinking about our future, crafting initiatives to ensure the long-term sustainability and success of the organization. Despite the current state of our world, JLO women understand we need to continue to plan for what lies ahead.

This brings me to the topic of this month’s letter: the future. Our 2020-2023 Strategic Plan calls for JLO to execute on four main strategic goals related to community engagement, member experience, financial sustainability and League growth and visibility. You can view the entire strategic plan here. This three-year plan will help focus our efforts and steer our (rather large) ship in the right direction.

But how else can we ensure our organization is being set up for success? What does success even look like? No one person or group can define how best to move JLO forward. I’m asking for your help, as Junior League of Omaha members. We want to know how we can curate programming to meet your needs and preferences. 

Fundraising Research
The newly-revamped Fund Development Committee, led by Chair Madeline Haas and Vice Chair Amanda Horn, has been starting to pull together ideas for a new fundraiser. In addition to our current fundraising initiatives, we are hoping to diversify our efforts and stand up a long-term, signature League event.

We are hoping each and every JLO member can take a few minutes over the next month and take our Special Event Fundraiser Research Questionnaire. It should take no more than 10 minutes to complete. The results of this survey will truly shape the next fundraising event, so your input is important!

A special thank you to Fund Development Sustainer Advisor Mikaela Borecky for her leadership and guidance to this committee. As the Senior Director of Fund Development for the Greater Omaha Chamber, her contributions have already proved invaluable during this process.

Bylaws, Policies and Procedures
The Governance Documents Special Committee has been hard at work since the spring reviewing and drafting proposed amendments and revisions for the JLO Bylaws, standing rules and policies. Using AJLI’s Bylaws Template Toolkit, this group has taken on the challenge of streamlining our various governance documents, aligning with the most current Nebraska statutes and ensuring there is no duplication or conflict. Led by Executive Vice President-Elect Alysia Radicia, the group has completed a rough version of the newly-proposed Bylaws and has moved into “policy land.”

Over the next few months, you’ll begin to see opportunities to review and provide feedback on these ever-so-important documents. We will send out the Bylaws revisions in a rough draft format in the Hot Sheet, and then will hold various in-person and virtual sessions to answer any questions you may have and hear your thoughts on the proposed changes.

If you have any immediate suggestions for what you think should be included or changed in our governance documents, please email me directly.

Thank you to registered Parliamentarian and JLO Sustainer Lori Bucholz who has been helping our special committee. Her knowledge of and experience with parliamentary procedure has been incredibly helpful as we move through this complex and nuanced process.

Diversity & Inclusion Multi-Year Plan
Another important planning initiative we are undertaking is that of the D&I Multi-Year Plan. Under the League Growth and Visibility goal in JLO’s Strategic Plan, there are two objectives that speak to integrating D&I into our League:

  • Objective 4.1: By 2021, the League will implement an intentional membership recruitment strategy, working to ensure the New Member classes increasingly reflect the lived experiences of those we serve.
  • Objective 4.2: By 2022, the League will establish an inclusive environment through integration of equity, diversity and inclusion principles into organizational operations and culture.

To ensure we are staying on track, even during these unusual times, a small task force is working with the D&I Committee to compose a multi-year plan that will guide efforts to achieve the goals set forth in the strategic plan.

Do you have an idea about how JLO should strategically embed D&I into our operations? If so, email the D&I Committee

You Go, Girl!
Finally, this isn’t technically a future-related initiative, but it’s so exciting I needed to give it a shout-out! Corresponding Secretary Jillian Humphries has initiated a recognition campaign called “You Go, Girl!”

The Board of Directors would like to know more about what amazing things our members are doing! Do you know a member who has celebrated a milestone? Been recognized for an award? Added a little one to their family? Been an outstanding volunteer? If you know someone who deserves some praise, please complete this form. We will coordinate a special kudos, recognition, or show of support for her.

Stay safe and well! Have a great September, and thank you for all you do for JLO and for our community.

In gratitude,

League Co-Chairs to Boutique Co-Chairs: Serving a Community Placement

Both Cat Enenbach and Ashley Rich have dedicated countless hours of service to the Junior League of Omaha. Serving as Big Red Block Party Co-Chairs and in other leadership positions across the League, the 2020-2021 League year looks a little different for Cat and Ashley. These two dedicated volunteers chose a community placement, allowing them to dedicate more time to be Co-Chairs of the Rose Theater Guild’s Boutique.

What is Community Placement

Members like Cat and Ashley, who actively volunteer for multiple or major non-League community events and organizations that require increased involvement, are able to participate in a community placement. A community placement takes the place of a traditional committee placement. While members are able to serve on other community boards for placement credit, they are still required to attend five General Membership Meetings and fulfill their impact volunteer shifts.

Why They Chose Community Placement

After working full-time as a labor and delivery nurse, and as an adjunct professor at the Creighton College of Nursing, all while finishing her Master’s, serving as the League’s New Member Chair, volunteering at non-League organizations and giving birth to her second child, Cat was in need of a less time-intensive League placement. Instead of a traditional committee placement, she applied for a community placement which allows her to serve as the Rose Theater Guild’s Boutique Co-Chair alongside Ashley, who also opted for community placement.

Since Ashley served as Big Red Block Party Co-Chair, Cookbook Co-Chair and Corresponding Secretary and was double placed on the Communications Committee for some of these positions, she wanted to take a step back and dedicate more time to other organizations that she’s a part of. Along with being a Co-Chair for the Rose Theater Guild’s Boutique, Ashley also serves as the Friendraiser Chair for the Omaha Children’s Museum Guild and Vice President of the Miss Omaha/Miss Douglas County Scholarship Program for her placement.

Cat and Ashley Serving in the Community

As Boutique Co-Chairs, Cat and Ashley manage the Rose Theater Guild’s second largest source of funds. Ina normal year, they would manage volunteers and stock the Boutique allowing theater patrons to roam and purchase show themed items. However, with the Boutique being closed, Cat and Ashley are having to find creative ways to sell items while encouraging social distancing. To do this, they have created the “Boutique Box,” a box of show themed crafts, snacks and other knick knacks. While selling and distribution logistics are still up in the air, these incredible volunteers aren’t letting Coronavirus stand in their way.

For more information on community placement, email placement@jlomaha.org.